Sunday, October 24, 2010

Cleaning up

We got some of the garden cleaned out today.  I had a little help from Jeff and Elijah.  We pulled up dead sunflowers and waning okra.  All of the of  garden soil we had used to plant in were emptied into a pile to be put on the garden next spring.  We have decided to move it to the other half that we did not plant on this year so instead of spreading the soil on this year's plot we will add compost and chicken litter to it over the winter.  It should be nice and fertile by the spring!

Good dirt
Can you say, "Roasted marshmallows!"?

With all of the dead vegetation we pulled up, we started a base for our bonfire we will have next weekend.  The ash will make another nice addition to the garden.  The ducks are also running on it.  They will keep the soil loosened up and they will add their own bit of fertilizer too.

They make great diggers!

All was not just getting rid of the dead stuff.  I harvested the last of the okra and a few bell peppers that were left along with a couple of tomatoes.  There are still a lot of green tomatoes on the vines and they are still blooming.  There is no sign of a frost in the next week at least so we will see how many more will ripen.  Then I'll see what can be done with all the green ones.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Fruits of Neglect

As you may have noticed (maybe not, I'm not sure anyone but myself sees this), there has been a lack of posting on here as of late.  There has also been a lack of gardening going on as well.  As a matter of fact, we were gone for three weeks and absolutely noting was accomplished in the garden.  The basil has gone completely to seed, the rosemary died for lack of water, the okra is hanging on and I have quite a few red jalapenos to pick.  The tomatoes seem to have new life, but I don't think I will get any ripe before it frosts, but maybe.  The garden is in dire need of cleaning out and the yard need to be mowed for what I hope will be one last time this year.  Then the leaves will begin to fall and need to be raked and hopefully we can burn the yard off this year.  Tomorrow begins the garden clean-up. 

Here are some before pics.

Clockwise from top left: Okra, tomatoes, basil, romas.  The okra nd tomatoes are still producing!

Clockwise from top left:Strawberries, ready to clean, ready to clean again, sweet potatoes.
The sweet potatoes are just awaiting the first hard frost!